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Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) holds manuscript, archival, and printed materials from several curatorial areas, more fully described under the heading "Collections" on our main website. To find specific research materials patrons should search our online library catalog (which includes records of many manuscript collections) before consulting our finding aids.

Online library catalog

In addition to most of our electronic resources, QuickSearch contains holdings from our library catalog, including records for books and other printed materials, microforms, and part of our map collection. In addition, it includes summary descriptions of many of our manuscript materials, for which finding aids may be found separately below. To search our holdings most effectively, do an advanced search and use the Library filter to select Special Collections-University Archives (view instructions).

Finding aids

Finding aids (also called collection guides or inventories) are descriptions of a collection's contents. The format and level of description may vary, ranging from summary descriptions in our online or card catalogs to detailed finding aids, many of which are available online. 

An increasing number of our online finding aids can be searched across collections in our finding aids in EAD (Encoded Archival Description). Please check this site regularly, as it is continuously updated.

Manuscripts and unpublished materials

Online finding aids can be found under the following links. To inquire about finding aids that have not yet been made available online contact our reference services.


The majority of our maps can be found through QuickSearch Search using the filters on the left, which also provides access to maps that are digitized.  For additional information and finding aids that are available in our reading room only is available on this site.


Patrons are required to use newspaper on microfilm whenever available at Imaging Services, down the hall from SC/UA. To learn more about historical newspapers in Alexander Library and SC/UA read a more detailed description.

  • Newspapers on microfilm: search QuickSearch (Filter to Library: Special Collections-University Archives, Resource Type: microfilm)
  • Newspapers in SC/UA: search QuickSearch (Filter to Library: Special Collections-University Archives, Resource Type newspaper).  
    • Call number Ac.3193: scattered issues only.
    • Call number Ac.9980: bound volumes (continuous run, though not necessarily complete).

Please note: Newspapers are stored off-site. Request at least three business days in advance. (contact us)

Printed and visual materials relating to New Jersey

Books, serials and other printed materials should be searched through QuickSearch (use the Filters to limit to Library: Special Collections-University Archives). Additional materials may be found through the following links:

Rare books and book arts

To read about the strengths of the collection see a detailed introduction.

    Rutgers University archives

    Additional on-site resources

    The following resources are available in the New Jersey Reading Room only:

    • Genealogical resources
    • Card catalog, including indexes to selected correspondents and summary descriptions of manuscript collections not available online
    • Printed guides to our collections
    • Additional finding aids

    If you cannot find what you are looking for in our online finding aids please contact our reference services so that we may check indexes to these materials on your behalf.